The game in 100 words (or less): Dom Kinnear-coached teams are
not always never the most enjoyable sides to watch play soccer, but here’s three things they always are: organized, disciplined and a nightmare to break down defensively. The quality of chances you’re able to create is always at an all-time low when facing a Kinnear team. Just ask the Portland Timbers, who on Sunday couldn’t manage a single shot on goal for the first 81 minutes (they finished with two) of their 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on Sunday. Chris Wondolowski and Quincy Amarikwa (in spectacular fashion — WATCH HERE) delivered the goals for the home side, pushing the Quakes into company with the Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City as the only sides on six points after two games to begin the 2016 season.
Three moments that mattered
30′ — Wondolowski at the near post. Rinse. Repeat. — Wondo has made an entire career out of this very simple near-post run. His ability to repel opposition players while making said run is a big reason why he’s now just three goals behind Ante Razov for third on the all-time scoring list.
45+1′ — Amarikwa chips, goes upper-90 from 35 yards out — The MLS Goal of the Year competition is settled. Don’t believe me? Have a look for yourself.
89′ — McInerney pulls one back late — Anytime there’s a pin-balling ball inside the penalty area, you hope your poacher of a striker is somewhere nearby, and Jack McInerney was Johnny On The Spot late into regular time.
Man of the match: Quincy Amarikwa
Goalscorers: Wondolowski (30′), Amarikwa (45+1′), McInerney (89′)